A single bottle of Glenfiddich has sold for a record £68,500 (about $87,000). The price achieved at Bonhams in Edinburgh is the most paid for a Glenfiddich, and also a Scottish auction house record for a single malt.
Bonhams said that the bottle, purchased by a bidder in the Far East, soared above its hammer-price estimate of £25,000 to £35,000.
The Glenfiddich Collection bottle was laid down in 1937, the year of George VI’s coronation. It stayed in cask until bottled and was confirmed as still keeping its strength — the oldest bottling undertaken at the Dufftown distillery.
Glenfiddich and its neighbor Balvenie are among the most sought-after Speyside malts, with older bottling prices rising. Once a bottle is filled, it will always remain at that bottling age, will not mature further, and should last indefinitely if stored carefully and out of direct sunlight. Cask whisky will mature, though bottlings of 50 years are uncommon and can fetch more than £20,000. A 64-year-old bottling is even rarer: the whisky was produced 79 years ago and would be bottled in about the Millennium.
The sale made a total of £310,000.